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Sebastian Blanck began juggling dual careers in painting and music as an undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1997, he joined two other RISD students to form Black Dice, a noisy electronica group that toured around New England before moving to Brooklyn the following year. Blanck stayed behind to finish his art degree, yielding his spot in the band to bassist Aaron Warren. Now free to focus his attention on art, he headed to Italy after graduation to serve as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. He showcased his work at several New York galleries after returning to America, but music remained an active interest as well, and Blanck began writing songs that were more folk-influenced than Black Dices experimental noise. Things picked up in 2007, when his brothers death left Blanck emotionally charged and determined to release a solo album. Working with vocalists like Chairlifts Caroline Polachek and Lavender Diamonds Becky Stark -- and taking influence from Neil Young, Gram Parsons, and other songwriters from the 1970s -- he recorded an album loosely based on his brothers final months. Titled Alibi Coast, the record was finished in early 2010 and released later that year.
Sebastian Blanck (born July 18, 1976) is an American artist and musician.
Life and work
Blanck was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a founding member of the experimental electronica group Black Dice along with Bjorn Copeland, Hisham Bharoocha and Eric Copeland.
On 22 June 2010, Blanck released a solo album called Alibi Coast. The album was released on Rare Book Room Records.
He received a B.F.A. in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design. In 2001, he was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Sebastian Blanck is married to the artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders. His father is Thomas J.J. Blanck, professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at New York University Hospital.
Sebastian Blanck has had numerous solo exhibitions including those at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen Colorado, Bjorn Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm and Werkstatte Gallery in New York. His work has been reviewed in dozens of magazines and newspapers including by Joyce Korotkin in The New York Art World, Meghan Dailey in Art Forum, Meghan Sutherland in Paper Magazine, Deborah Schoeneman in the New York Post as well as in the New Yorker and Women's Wear Daily.